Italian preschools (and many elementary schools) require that children wear grembiulini (smocks,) and not just for art. My daughter’s preschool requires that they be white, and I’ve heard that this is because they can be washed more easily, with bleach. Well, I don’t use bleach, and I think that making a classroom full of small children dress in white is sad, so I added some color. This smock is also much less voluminous than the girls’ smocks I’ve seen for sale, its collar isn’t huge, floppy, or edged with lace, and even more important, it doesn’t have the requisite random English words embroidered onto its pockets (two examples I saw recently were “For You” and “Girl Ballerina.”)
I adapted the jacket pattern from Kwik Sew’s Sewing for Toddlers, lengthening and widening it, and adding a yoke.